Skyscanner has wrapped up its predictions on the future of travel with a report on accommodation, and it’s all pretty exciting stuff! Here’s what to expect from hotels in 2024:
It’s like they know me
Because they do! Hotels will use your online social profiles (with your permission) to personalise your stay as much as possible. They’ll also be handing over control of a lot of the more generic details to you, using technology that is already widely available. At The Peninsula in Hong Kong, you can already use a programmed tablet to control the lights, curtains, temperature and television, order dinner, make spa reservations and plan day trips. At Conrad hotels, a concierge app allows guests to choose their preferred bath amenities or make their breakfast choices on a smartphone during their morning jog.
Good for you
As the number of people investing in improved health increases, so will the hotel features that help you take care of your body. Futurologist Ian Pearson predicts hotel pillows that provide sleep-aiding head and neck massages and morning wake-up calls, and 3D holograms of personal trainers, movie characters, or even friends and family. The Stay Well room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas already has lighting that is designed to reset the internal clocks of jetlagged guests, shower water infused with vitamin C, air filtered through advanced air purification filters, and optional aromatherapy infusions.
More or less exotic
By 2024, we’ll be bored with land: space travel will be a reality (for ultra-luxury guests), and underwater hotels will have become mainstream destinations. For the traveller who wants to experience space without it’s hefty price tag (A low orbit trip around the world will be available next year at $75 000) there’s the Mobilona Space Hotel on Barcelona Island. It’s the space experience without leaving the planet: zero-gravity spas, space gliders, lifelike views of galaxies through cabin windows and even feelings of weightlessness from the vertical wind tunnel. Ironically, the home-from-home hotel experience – as close to life at home as possible – will also become more popular.
Words: Dailyfix Staffer